Water skiing, and a fine jump by Philippe Kurer took the top award in the first international sporting competition to be held in Lebanon since the end of the civil war.
Water skiing, and a fine jump by Philippe Kurer took the top award in the first international sporting competition to be held in Lebanon since the end of the civil war. Kurer won first prize in the Lebanese Water Skiing Championships, with a jump of 36.60 metres.
SYNOPSIS: Beirut seemed more like its old self once again after the months of civil war, and the water ski championships were evidence of the way Lebanon is getting back to normal, although months of clearing up operations still lie ahead.
The competition was organised by the St. George's Club, all that remains now of a once elegant water front hotel and club complex, in cooperation with Lebanon's National Council for Tourism and the Total Oil Company. The event drew some of the world's best skiers but the crowd were naturally behind the local contestants. Here's Alecco Chiha of Lebanon.
Three thousand people turned up to watch, some of the getting rater too close.
And although Lebanon hadn't expected to do too well, Chiha eventually took third place.
Not a ski's breadth ahead, Jos Slot of Holland came second with a jump of 34.76 metres.
But the 24 year old Philippe Kurer made the best jump of the day. He's already won two world championships, and holds the jumping slalom and overall championships in his native Switzerland.